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Attic Red-Figure Cup Type B Fragment

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Cup Type B Fragment


Proto-Panaitian Group (Greek, active 515 - 505 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 500 B.C.



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23.4 cm (9 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

Two nude boys race their horses on the outside of this drinking cup. The horses are depicted with their front legs well off the ground and their bodies stretched forward, conveying their swift speed. The riders, in keeping with the pace, seem to barely hold on to the reins. They lean backward, their long hair flying behind in the breeze. A mazelike meander marks the ground beneath the horses, and the pillars probably represent the race's start and finish lines. On the opposite side of the cup is a fragmentary image of a footrace. One runner stretches forward, his right leg and arm behind him.

by 1969 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969
Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (August 23, 2003 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004

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